Meet BuDhaGirl | More than Just Beautiful

Meet BuDhaGirl | More than Just Beautiful

In the crowded world of fashion and luxury, sometimes it’s not only about being beautiful. And indeed, the new jewelry line BuDhaGirl offers something significantly more.  As was discussed last fall at the Financial Times Business of Luxury Summit, many upscale consumers are looking for more than merely the transaction. They are seeking experiences, products that enhance or offer a lifestyle they aspire to. Beyond conspicuous consumption, we have moved to a time when meaning and thoughtfulness occupy equally important platforms.

photo courtesy of BuDhaGirl

And this is what BuDhaGirl is all about – beautiful pieces that are enhancements for both body and soul.…

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Meljac at the Architectural Digest Home Show 2013

Meljac at the Architectural Digest Home Show 2013

I fell in love with Meljac as soon as I stumbled on their booth at the Architectural Digest Home Show last week. Exhibiting for the first time at the show, the upscale French company‘s beautiful electrical hardware was a magnet to design detail junkies like me. Meljac’s luxury electrical devices provide game changing solutions for those pesky necessities that can so easily become eyesores (think switches, sockets, thermostats etc.).

Focussing on quality materials and craftsmanship, André Bousquet created Meljac (named after his childhood village) in 1995 to fill what he saw as a void in the market – a fine finishing detail that, like hardware, should be as beautiful as the furnishings.…

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Stylish Shopping Bonus at Gerald Bland

Stylish Shopping Bonus at Gerald Bland

As with our last Stylish Shopping episode with Alexa Hampton, our cup runneth over with sage advice and creative ideas from Alex Papachristidis. So Susanna Salk and I are delighted to present a bonus mini segment as the dapper designer indulges in a little fantasy shopping at the über chic Gerald Bland shop on Madison Avenue.

Since 1987, Gerald Bland has been a coveted source of design finds from 18th century decorative arts to contemporary painting and photography as well as custom pieces. Tag along on our mini visit and see some of Alex’s favorites and why he frequents the shop for those special in stock and bespoke items that make a home unique.…

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DIFFA Dining by Design Continued

DIFFA Dining by Design Continued

There were many glamorous tables at this year’s DIFFA Dining by Design. Luxury living was exemplified at Inson Wood‘s table for Manhattan Magazine featuring Fendi Casa. With a love of all things Italian, acquired after a stint living in Rome, the designer has a definite appreciation for the handmade in Italy craftsmanship of the line.

Horizontal stripes on the walls with paintings by Michael Dickey added a graphic punch to the otherwise chic neutral palette. And the clean lines of the Bernini dining table were the perfect foil for the luxurious tufted Alba leather chairs and sinuous VIA Lattea chandelier.…

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DIFFA Dining by Design 2013

DIFFA Dining by Design 2013

DIFFA is a cause close to the members of the design community’s hearts and Dining by Design always brings out the best in them. There were some especially creative solutions this year from elegant to outrageous. One of the more flamboyant designs was the creative collaboration of the Rockwell Group with Maya Romanoff to celebrate the April 4th opening of producers Daryl Roth’s and Hal Luftig’s new Cyndi Lauper Broadway musical Kinky Boots.

Maya Romanoff  created Kinky Boots red, a custom hue with a patent leather look, for the walls. Alternating with their signature hand-painted Candy Apple, the colors are interspersed with sexy laced up panels.…

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DIFFA Dining by Design 2013 at the AD Home Show

DIFFA Dining by Design 2013 at the AD Home Show

I’m sure many of you know that since 1984 DIFFA has been one of the nation’s largest supporters of people with HIV/AIDS. And Dining by Design, now in its 16th year is not only one of the industry’s most anticipated events, but has raised over 16 million dollars for the cause. Presented again this year in conjunction with the AD Home Show, the tables were on view the last three days.  Friend Dwayne Clark, of Clark Gaynor Interiors, recruited me, as I was so perfectly color coordinated, to stand with him at the dramatic entrance he designed with Input Creative Studio.…

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Architectural Digest Home Show and Dining by Design

Architectural Digest Home Show and Dining by Design

After a long day at the AD Home Show that segued directly into DIFFA Dining by Design, it is too late to write a proper post but I wanted to give you a little preview taste of what’s to come. Some lovely new discoveries in several categories and lots of table top eye candy from the DIFFA event to be featured. Be back soon with details!

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Out and About in NYC with BlogTour and More

Out and About in NYC with BlogTour and More

It’s a busy design week in New York. As an alumna of the Modenus‘ original BlogTour trip to London in 2011, I was kindly invited to tag along on their second NYC trip yesterday. It was wonderful to see old friends and finally meet some longtime online connections.

First visiting the elegant Poggenpohl Park Avenue South showroom, we saw new introductions, finishes and classic fixtures in the updated neutral shades coming this year from the iconic kitchen company, Blanco and Silestone. I love the wall mounted faucet and modern geometric style of this set.

The Artesio kitchen offers sleek clean lines with thoughtful practical touches like the stainless strip houses the electrical outlets.…

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Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk and Alex Papachristidis

Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk and Alex Papachristidis

To quote my video partner in crime, Susanna Salk, Alex Papachristidis is just yummy. And it’s so true! His enthusiasm and love for his craft is incredibly infectious and makes you envy his lucky clients who are the beneficiaries of his passionate dedication. While he has a deep and scholarly knowledge of art, antiques and the world of design, his upbeat and easygoing manner makes a day with Alex educational yet eminently entertaining. We are just delighted to feature Alex Papachristidis as our guest today in the latest episode of Stylish Shopping.

Never losing sight that a great interior should be as livable as it is beautiful, Alex’s designs exude an easy elegance custom tailored to tell the story of each client’s tastes and lifestyles.…

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Anna Trzebinski | The Luxury of African Chic

Anna Trzebinski | The Luxury of African Chic

You know when you see a certain woman on the street who just has that special something? That unmistakable style of someone who has access to secret fashion sources? Who exudes an undefinable global style that can’t be found in a department store? Well that is the type of woman who knows about Anna Trzebinski and her line of African chic fashion.

photo courtesy of Anna Trzebinski

Stylish women around the world have shopped Anna’s collection to find beautiful handcrafted clothing and accessories that combine modern sensibilities with traditional ethnic detailing. Born in Germany, Anna has spent her entire life in Kenya.…

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